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Gilead's $2,340 price for coronavirus drug draws criticism
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of San Francisco Chronicle/Associated Press


San Francisco Chronicle/Associated Press, June 29, 2020
Posted: July 5th, 2020
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Gilead-prices-coronaviru...

The maker of a drug shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill COVID-19 patients says it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the United States and other developed countries. Gilead Sciences announced the price Monday for remdesivir, and said the price would be $3,120 for patients with private insurance. The amount that patients pay out of pocket depends on insurance, income and other factors. The price was swiftly criticized; a consumer group called it an outrage because of the amount taxpayers invested toward the drug's development. In 127 poor or middle-income countries, Gilead is allowing generic makers to supply the drug; two countries are doing that for around $600 per treatment course. The drug, given through an IV, interferes with the coronaviruss ability to copy its genetic material. In a U.S. government-led study, remdesivir shortened recovery time by 31% 11 days on average versus 15 days for those given just usual care. Peter Maybarduk, a lawyer at the consumer group Public Citizen, called the price an outrage. Remdesivir should be in the public domain because the drug received at least $70 million in public funding toward its development, he said. The price puts to rest any notion that drug companies will do the right thing because it is a pandemic, Dr. Peter Bach, a health policy expert ... said. The price might have been fine if the company had demonstrated that the treatment saved lives. It didnt.

Note: The March coronavirus package passed in the U.S. "not only omitted language that would have limited drug makers intellectual property rights, it specifically prohibited the federal government from taking any action if it has concerns that the treatments or vaccines developed with public funds are priced too high." While many suffer economically from the virus, big Pharma is raking in big bucks. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on Big Pharma corruption and the coronavirus from reliable major media sources.


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